This photograph taken in China, shows Reiter Emil Eduard Sawatzki of the
East Asian Cavalry Regt ("Ostasiatische
He wears the
East Asian 1900 Khaki Uniform,
consisting of a khaki tunic
with a stand and fall collar, concealed buttons to fasten the front
breast and two hip pockets, all with concealed fastenings. His shoulder straps are
plain red for cavalry. This is curious as the February 1901 uniform
regulations for the khaki uniform stated the shoulder straps for the
cavalry were to be khaki piped in red. Full red shoulder straps such
as these were authorised for the field grey uniform only. He wears
matching khaki trousers tucked into high brown leather riding boots.
He wears the 1900
Bortfeldt khaki tropical helmet with imperial eagle in yellow metal
on the front and a red cavalry hatband. A large imperial cockade
would be on the right hand side. Note the khaki neckshade.
His equipment is the
grey leather bandolier for mounted troops with ammunition pouches
down the front and a grey leather belt. He is armed an East Asian
other ranks cavalry sword and lance. The lance has the pennant in
imperial colours. His carbine would usually be carried in a saddle
bucket on the other side.
Behind the horse are two
other riders or possibly orderlies. The one on the left is wearing
shirtsleeves while the one on the right also wears the 1900 khaki
uniform with red shoulder straps for cavalry. He wears the Khaki
field cap first introduced in the late Summer of 1900 to replace the
straw hat, and worn with only the imperial cockade, as seen here,
from February 1901.
Details of the same Photograph
The document confirming the award of the
1900-01 China Campaign Medal for combatants to Reiter Emil Eduard
Sawatzki of the East Asian Cavalry Regiment on the 1st October 1901.
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